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April 5, 2016

OSHA Machine Guards Might Have Prevented Severing Worker’s Arm

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A machine that sizes and cuts rubber hose severed a 52-year-old woman’s right arm just nine days after she starting a new job as a machine operator at Parker Hannifin Corp.’s Kennett, Mo., worksite. After an investigation, OSHA determined the machine lacked adequate safety guards to prevent the horrific injury.

On March 24, OSHA issued one repeated, and one serious safety violation to Parker Hannifin Corp. for the Dec. 23, 2015, incident. In 2013, OSHA cited the company for similar machine hazards at its Kennett facility.

“Imagine the terror this worker felt as her arm was pulled into the operating parts of this powerful machine and cut severely,” said Bill McDonald, OSHA’s area director in St. Louis.

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